Water Wars: How Water Scarcity Leads to Conflict

By: Jasmine Owens Although water makes up 70% of the Earth, only 3% of this water is freshwater. Of this 3%, about two-thirds is trapped in glaciers and is therefore unusable. This leaves about 1% of the world’s water supply to support a population of 7.7 billion people and counting, much of which is increasingly…

German Government Moves To Reduce Pollution, But Is It Enough?

By: Emily Janicik As the global economy continues to industrialize, pollution continues to increase as a result. Many governments have felt pressure to counteract this, particularly in regards to air pollution, with some enacting stricter environmental regulations. In Europe, the European Union has taken steps limit the amount of air pollution by putting caps on…

Towards A Prosperous, Healthy World

By: Ryan McGuine In the year 2000, the United Nations (UN) adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration, a document that established the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the world to accomplish by 2015. Although not every goal was accomplished, many acknowledge the value of delineating a set of targets, which galvanized international efforts and…

The Questionable Future of Geoengineering

By Jasmine Owens: This year, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, responsible for federally funded climate and environmental research, recommended additional studies into two areas of geoengineering research. Geoengineering is the deliberate large-scale intervention in Earth’s natural systems in order to counteract climate change– specifically, offsetting global warming caused by elevated greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse…

World Leaders will go forth with COP22 Agreement with or without Trump support

By: Jasmine Owens Last November, the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) took place in Marrakech. The successor of the Paris Climate Agreement, the 200 nations present at the COP22 created a plan to reach their greenhouse gas emission standard goals. However, the accession of the Trump administration may lead to a shift…